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Dallas Sierra Club Calendar

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Meeting IconDec 13 (Wed) Outings Committee Meeting and Party

PizzaAll fans of outings are invited for pizza and beverages at 6:30 at the home of Bill Beach and Rhonda Blair, 5226 Vanderbilt Avenue, Dallas 75206. We'll make the business meeting brief and the pizza hot. 

RSVP to Bill by Dec. 12 (contacts below) so we know how much pizza to order and beer to buy. You're welcome to include a guest in your RSVP.  Leader: Bill Beach Send Email 214-662-3224

Service Outing IconDec 16 (Sat) Trail Maintenance at Cedar Ridge Preserve

Come to the hilly terrain of Cedar Ridge Preserve to help maintain one of the better trail networks in Dallas.  The Sierra Club is responsible for the Possum Haw Trail.  We work here on third Saturdays of almost every month, starting at 9 AM, working until approximately noon. The Preserve's address is 7171 Mountain Creek Parkway, Dallas.  For directions and general information about Cedar Ridge Preserve, click this link.   If you need more information or want to carpool, call or email me. Contact: Ginger Bradley Send Email 469-223-7902

Bicycle IconDec 17 (Sun) Ride the New Mockingbird Bridge on the Katy Trail

(replace this text with a short description of the image)Meet at the Mockingbird Dart Station Park and Ride.  The ride begins at 1:00 PM. We’ll bike to White Rock Lake via the Ridgewood Trail, then head south along the lake to the Santa Fe Trail. Riding the SF Trail, we’ll emerge in Deep Ellum, where it’ll be time for a caffeine break (Café Brazil?). Then we'll continue through Downtown Dallas (ultra-light traffic on weekends) to the Katy Trail and ride the Katy north to our starting point. The whole triangular trip is 18 miles. Plan on two hours plus the stop in Deep Ellum. Bring your own bicycle.  You must wear a helmet.  This is an opportunity to experience several popular urban bike trails. Only people who reply with an email address will be alerted to cancelation or other changes.   Leader: Bill Beach Send Email 214-662-3224

Day Hike IconDec 22 (Fri) Christmas Lights Walk thru Highland Park neighborhoods

Christmas lightsWho says hikes must be in daylight? Come out to “ooh” and “ahh” holiday lights in Highland Park. Meet at the intersection of Beverly and Lakeside Drive at 7:00 PM.  (Lakeside parallels Turtle Creek, east of Preston.) Parking is available on both streets. We’ll walk until 8:30 or 9:00 with a refreshment stop at Starbucks in Highland Park Village. Replies aren't required, but a reply to Bill will put you on the list for notice if there's a schedule change due to weather.   Trip rated: Easy. Leader: Bill Beach Send Email 214-662-3224

Class IconJan 27 (Sat) Backpacking 101 Class

Learn essentials of backpacking--what it's like, what you need to bring and what you don't need. This class is for never-ever backpackers and also people who want to update backpacking gear or skills. 

Backpacker

(replace this text with a short description of the image)Volunteers with decades of experience leading trips will present a comprehensive range of backpacking topics with candor--packs, tents, food, what to wear, water treatment and lots more. They'll share tips to improve your comfort and keep gear affordable. Unlike stores that offer basic classes, we're not selling merchandise. 

This class will be particularly helpful for new backpackers on the Labor Day trip to the Pecos Wilderness, the February trip to Big Bend National Park or other outings in 2018.  We'll schedule at least one fall outing with spaces reserved for people completing the August 12 class. 

Location: Whole Foods Market, Preston Road at Forest Lane, Dallas (map). The class is upstairs in the community room.

Time: 10:00 am to 4:00 pm. Buy lunch downstairs at the deli or bring a sack lunch. 

Cost: $35 for Sierra Club members, $40 for non-members. You can register and pay on-line here or you can show up and pay at the door if class space remains available. Interested or have questions? Please contact the class coordinator. 

  Coordinator: Liz Wheelan Send Email 214-368-2306

Bus Trip IconFeb 28-Mar 5 (Wed-Mon) Big Bend National Park Bus Trip - THIS TRIP IS FULL

Big Bend National Park

The 2018 Big Bend Bus Trip is now FULL. We are accepting a short waiting list for trips 1 and 5 only. If you are interested in going on the waiting list, please contact the bus trip leader (contact information below) for information.

The 2018 Big Bend Bus Trip is ready to accept your reservation. Don't delay! This trip fills fast. We'll depart Dallas on the night of Wednesday, February 28, hike on Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday and arrive back in Dallas by sunup on Monday, March 5. We offer five alternative hike routes.  Most alternatives will backpack on most days and camp in the backcountry. One will base camp in a group site in the Chisos Basin and make days hikes each day. Click on this PDF document where you will find complete trip details, price, and details on how to sign up. Bus trip leader: Arthur Kuehne Send Email 214-608-3210

Bus Trip IconMay 24-29 (Thu-Tue) Sleeper Bus Trip to Backpack in Savage Gulf and Fiery Gizzard, Tennessee

Tennessee map segmentWe're going EAST on this extended Memorial Day weekend--a first after forty years of Sierra Club bus trips! Our destination is South Cumberland State Park, an aggregation of sites in four counties. The Cumberland Plateau is a hilly upland region that stretches from eastern Kentucky to northern Alabama, west of the Smoky Mountains and Great Valley. We'll be east of Interstate 24, between Nashville and Chattanooga. All five hike options are in the Savage Gulf State Natural Area. ("Gulf" is a local term for a gorge.) Some hikes include a day in or on the rim of Fiery Gizzard, another deep gorge. April and May are the wet season, so the waterfalls and wildflowers should be near their peaks.  Bus trip leader: Bill Beach Send Email 214-662-3224

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Backpack IconJul 22-28 (Sun-Sat) Holy Cross Wilderness Area, Colorado

Colorado map sectionHold the week of July 22 for backpacking in Colorado. Arrange to carpool or drive to a group campsite reserved for us near Leadville on Sunday night, July 22. One group will hike 28 miles in five days on the Fall Creek Trail to the ghost town of Holy Cross City, over Fancy Pass and then down via the Cross Creek Trail. Another group will hike 20 miles in four days to Holy Cross City, Fancy Pass and the scenic Missouri Lakes, with the option of a fifth day on a section of the Colorado Trail. Outing details will be posted in 2018. We're not yet seeking or accepting commitments for the outing, but inquiries are welcome. Trip rated: Moderately Strenuous. Coordinator: Mark Stein Send Email 214-526-3733

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Car Camp IconOct 19-21 (Fri-Sun) Fall Weekend at Beavers Bend State Park, Oklahoma (Save the date!)

Beavers Bend State ParkCelebrate fall by joining us for a weekend in scenic southeastern Oklahoma. We have a large group compound reserved, complete with your choice of rustic cabin or tent camping, bathhouse (flush toilets and hot showers!) and dining hall with kitchen. We'll offer Saturday hike options with Dallas Sierra Club leaders, ranging from a one-mile nature trail to a 7-mile trail over multiple ridges. The park offers additional activities, including paddling (rentals available), horseback riding and more. We also offer a Saturday night catered dinner option. This weekend is for singles, couples, families, friends and all ages. Details and reservation information will be posted here in August 2018. Send email to the trip coordinator if you'd like to be notified when reservations open.  Trip rated: Kid Friendly. Coordinator: Liz Wheelan Send Email 214-368-2306

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